Scientific enquiry. The nature and place of experimentation: a review

Norman Reid, Lekoko Serumola

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    Most school syllabuses, even those for primary stages, specify aims that relate to the use of experimental work in gaining evidence. It can be argued that this is a key aspect of the nature and role of science. Nonetheless, evidence that such aims are attainable is sparse. Indeed, there is little evidence that such aims are actively required by teachers and they are rarely the focus of assessment. The skills are explored and evidence is discussed that suggests that such aims might be difficult to attain with younger secondary school pupils simply on grounds of cognitive development
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Science Education: Revista de Educación en Ciencias
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • Science education
    • Experiments
    • Secondary school pupils


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